Jump to content
Your browser is out of date. It has known security flaws and may not display all features of this websites. Learn how to update your browser[Close]


Fribourg film festival opens on feminine note

Now in its 30th year, the Fribourg International Film Festival (FIFF) is underway in the Swiss city by the same name. This edition is dedicated to women in cinema. 

The feature film jury is exclusively female, and 75 of the 127 films being presented this week were written by women. In an opening address on Friday evening, Swiss Interior Minister Alain Berset remarked upon the Charlie Chaplin film The Kid, which “in itself could almost be a feminist manifesto: ‘woman – whose only sin is motherhood’”. 

Along with more than 200 screenings – many of them Swiss or even world premieres – the week-long festival will feature numerous panel discussions, masterclasses and other encounters. On Saturday and Sunday, there will be a special focus on African culture. Also on Sunday, the FIFF Forum debate will try to answer the question: “So: must we really continue talking about women in film?” 

There are 13 feature films from 11 countries competing for the Regard d’or award, which comes with a cash prize of CHF30,000 ($30,525). There is also a short film competition. Nearly 40,000 people attended last year’s edition. The Fribourg International Film Festival runs through March 19, 2016.

Other major Swiss film festivals take place in Locarno (since 1946), Solothurn (since 1966) and Zurich (since 2005).



All rights reserved. The content of the website by swissinfo.ch is copyrighted. It is intended for private use only. Any other use of the website content beyond the use stipulated above, particularly the distribution, modification, transmission, storage and copying requires prior written consent of swissinfo.ch. Should you be interested in any such use of the website content, please contact us via contact@swissinfo.ch.

As regards the use for private purposes, it is only permitted to use a hyperlink to specific content, and to place it on your own website or a website of third parties. The swissinfo.ch website content may only be embedded in an ad-free environment without any modifications. Specifically applying to all software, folders, data and their content provided for download by the swissinfo.ch website, a basic, non-exclusive and non-transferable license is granted that is restricted to the one-time downloading and saving of said data on private devices. All other rights remain the property of swissinfo.ch. In particular, any sale or commercial use of these data is prohibited.